Syrian defense forces intercept IAF strike

Syria says 5 killed in another alleged Israeli air raid in the country

The reported attack - which killed several soldiers, damaged buildings and equipment - came only hours after Boeing 747 belonging to an Iranian airline used by Revolutionary Guards to smuggle weapons to their allies in Tehran, landed in the airbase that was struck

Syrian air defenses on Sunday intercepted an Israeli attack on the T-4 airbase in Homs province, state TV reported, citing a Syrian military source.



The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition's war monitor, said that at least five people were killed - three of which were Syrian soldiers - and two others wounded, and that an ammunition warehouse was hit in addition to damage to buildings and equipment.


T-4 airbase in Homs
T-4 airbase in Homs


The alleged nighttime raid comes a day after 10 people - including three Syrian soldiers and seven foreign nationals - were killed in an Israeli attack on Syrian military positions in the country's south.


Both attacks occurred only a few hours after a Boeing 747 belonging to Iranian airline Fars Air Qeshm - used by the country’s Revolutionary Guards to smuggle weapons to Tehran’s allies - landed in the T-4 airbase. The plane conducted a direct flight from the Iranian capital to Beirut for the first time last November.


The Fars Air Qeshm EP-FAB plane landed in Homs on Saturday morning at 8:45am and took off for Tehran three hours later. In the past Israel has already attacked in the country following reports of the 27-year-old Jumbo jet unloading cargo.


The route of Boeing 747 belonging to Iranian airline Fars Air Qeshm
The route of Boeing 747 belonging to Iranian airline Fars Air Qeshm

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed on Saturday that Israel targeted several military positions in Syria. He said the targets included two artillery batteries, several observation and intelligence posts and an SA2 air defense unit.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday morning he "instructed the IDF to take strong action" in response to a rocket fire, targeting Israel's only ski resort on Mount Hermon on Saturday evening. 


“We are not prepared to tolerate rocket fire at our territory and will respond with great force to any aggression against us,” said the prime minister. “This has consistently been my policy and this is what we will continue to do for Israel’s security."



פרסום ראשון: 06.03.19, 08:40
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